I Think I Know Where Lincoln Chafee Is

PHILADELPHIA — A spokesperson for former Democratic candidate Lincoln Chafee has announced that he is not, in fact, attending the Democratic Convention. He is on a family vacation. This news has abruptly ended my impassioned three-day search.


From the Providence Journal:

A spokeswoman for the former Rhode Island governor says he is out of the country this week on a long-planned family trip. She did not give details.

Asked about his absence, the state Democratic Party said Chafee is not a sitting governor or member of Congress and did not run as a delegate.


As we’ve been repeatedly tipped, it would appear that Linc is in Brazil supporting his daughter Louisa, who is a member of the U.S. Olympic sailing team.

Am I heartbroken? Yes. Am I done looking for Lincoln? Never. If you are in Brazil, feel free to pass out our flier. If you spot him at the Games, let me know.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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My Lincoln Chafee story:

In 2007 I was working at a coffee shop near Brown University, where Chafee was teaching for a semester. He would come in frequently and I thought that was pretty cool. Around the same time he put out a book and we decided to sell it at the coffee shop so I figured I would buy one (it wasn’t that great) and have him sign it. Eventually when that time came to pass he took the book and and said, “What should I write in it?” I replied as a 22 year old, “Oh I don’t know best wishes something like that, really anything.” I figured he would come up with something inspiring or interesting, nothing personal just something that was a bit more than standard. After a moment he handed it back to me and I opened it up and it said “Best Wishes, Lincoln Chafee.”